I've read your post and as well as the post from "Zed". I could not agree
more with "Zed". I have been designing and producing presentation gowns
for Mardi Gras over the past 30+ years. This has led me down a very twisted
path, but I can say after just finishing up work on my 24th Ball for the
same organization, it is with pride that I look back on how my work has
From my early endeavors until now I have had to change with the
marketplace. Beautiful fabrics and trims have either vanished or become so expensive
they are out of my budget. I have found that being flexible, always
inquisitive, and not settling for with the first idea has brought my work to its
The most profound change for my work was born because I hate to have my
work compromised by what is available in the textile industry. Therefore I
developed a process to emboss my artwork on textiles. While refining the
process I had the opportunity to create a collection of presentation gowns
based on Faberge's Easter Eggs. The combination was a true turning point.
You just never know where the path will lead when faced with challenges.
My best advice is to approach the challenges of our industry as
opportunities for growth in spite of the growing pains!
Best wishes and welcome to this "crazy" world.
Ides of March Design Group, Ltd.
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